In Gee Chun, of South Korea, hits from the fairway on the first hole during the second round of the LPGA Tour ANA Inspiration golf tournament at Mission Hills Country Club, Friday, April 1, 2016 in Rancho Mirage, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Chris Carlson
April 01, 2016

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) Lexi Thompson birdied the final hole for a 4-under 68 and the clubhouse lead Friday halfway through the second round of the ANA Inspiration.

The 21-year-old American holed a 30-foot putt on the par-5 18th to reach 7 under at Mission Hills in the LPGA Tour's first major championship of the year. She won the 2014 event.

South Koreans In Gee Chun and Sung Hyun Park were a stroke back along with American Lizette Salas. Chun, the U.S. Women's Open champion returning from a back injury, had a 69. Park and Salas shot 67.

Japan's Ai Miyazato, tied for the first-round lead with Spain's Azahara Munoz at 67, was two strokes back entering her afternoon round. Munoz dropped back with a 78.

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